January 1986

FineScale Modeler magazine is the essential tool for modelers of all skill levels.  Learn how to create models of aircraft, armor, ships, cars and more.  Every issue provides clear, well-instructed articles that show how to assemble the latest model kits and how to master painting and finishing techniques.

Kit reviews, new kit and product announcements, tips from experts, and a gallery of readers' models make every issue packed with value.
This issue is currently out of stock and will not be reprinted.
Features
Converting a 1/48 scale C-47 Skytrain to a U.S. Navy R4D
By Gifford Hamilton
Most of the effort is in painting and decaling
"One down, one to go"
By Gregg Volke
A boxed diorama inspired by the movie Return of the Jedi
Larry Schramm's 1/48 scale AC-47
Scratchbuilt guns are featured in this weathered warhorse
Tips for using small lathes
By Paul Budzik
This machine tool can add crispness to scratchbuilt or reworked parts
Douglas' Golden Gooney Bird
By Paul Boyer
Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the DC-3
Early versions of the U.S. M7 "Priest" 105 mm Howitzer Motor Carriage
By D.P. Dyer
Drawings, photos, and modeling notes on a weapon used by many Allied armored divisions in World War Two
1969 Pontiac GTO
By Jack Smith
Customizing a handsome muscle car in 1/24 scale
Departments
Update
Workbench Reviews
FSM Looks at New Products
From the Editor
FSM Clinic
Book Briefs
Reader Gallery
Photos of models of all types, submitted by their builders.
Tips and Techniques
Index of Advertisers
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